What's Wrong With the 2012 Republicans

Mitt Romney is so smooth, he's slippery.

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Gov. Rick Perry endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Thursday. What a great GOP ticket that would be. The GOP duo follows the glorious tradition of other great comedy teams like Laurel and Hardy, and Cheech and Chong.

On Tuesday, opponents of the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker turned in more than 1 million signatures to put a recall of the GOP governor on the ballot. If the overwhelming vote against antiworker law S.B. 5 in Ohio is any indication, Walker should start packing his bags now. By the way, the "right-to-work" proposal in Indiana means that everyone has the right to work unless you belong to a union.

The GOP debate on Martin Luther King Day Monday reminded me that former Sen. Rick Santorum was beating stiff competition from his opponents to lead the GOP in covert racist appeals. What do you think he meant when he charged that former Gov. Mitt Romney was a "pale" imitation of the incumbent?

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Newt Gingrich criticized President Obama for being the food stamp president. I would rather have a food stamp president than a starvation president. One thing we know for sure is that Mitt Romney won't suffer if he cuts spending on food stamps. The other thing Mitt doesn't have to worry about is paying taxes. His tax rate of 15 percent is lower than the rate that many middle class Americans pay. But the former liberal and former Bay State governor has Cayman Island accounts that the 99 percent don't have.

Newt's former wife says he wanted an "open" marriage. Is that why religious conservatives support Rick Santorum instead of the former House speaker? Or was the rejection of Gingrich by the religious right because he was a hypocrite, beating up on President Bill Clinton for having an affair with a White House intern as he was having an affair with one of his congressional staff members while married to another woman? Inquiring minds want to know. Every step the GOP takes towards the religious right is a step the Party of Tea takes away from the large millennial generation of socially liberal young people who will be the dominant force in American politics for the next generation. Santorum's endorsement by Christian conservatives last weekend was a classic example of closing the barn door after the horse has escaped. It might have helped Santorum if the religious right had backed him a month ago.

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Mitt Romney said he likes firing people. As the owner of a business, I've had to fire people and I hated it every time I had to do it. At the GOP presidential debates, Mitt Romney is so smooth and so very slippery. He criticizes Barack Obama for cutting defense spending while he attacks the president for the budget deficit. You can get away with this stuff if you're a candidate but if you become president, Mitt, you'll have to make tough choices. The Tea Party began as a protest against the Bush bank bailout in the fall of 2008. Now the probable Party of Tea candidate for president, Mitt Romney will be a big Wall Street player. I don't think Tea Party activists will appreciate the irony.

The New England Patriots play the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship and a trip to the Superbowl on Sunday. Three days before the big game, Ravens defensive back Ed Reed took a shot at his own quarterback, Joe Flacco. The Ravens behave the same way the Republican presidential candidates do. The dynamic duo of New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez call themselves the Boston TE Party.

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